Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor, Trujillo

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  • The Church of Santa Maria la major, is the main Catholic Trujillo City Temple, although currently not celebrated cult. Unlike other churches that are free, here you have to pay a small entrance 2 euro and you can take photos with flash. Just enter calls attention the great altarpiece that presides over the main Altar which has 25 tables painted oil that was carried out by Fernando Gallego and the Maestro Bartolomé, in hispano-Flemish style. Another curious fact of the Church is that it is filled with Tomb, in this case of the different noblemen of Trujillo whose palaces and major houses is located in the main square and surrounding area. Some of these graves are the Chaves, the peach and García de Paredes, fortachón Extremadura quoting Miguel de Cervantes in Don Quixote.
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  • They charge you € 2 per person to enter the Church, but you will not see much, since on the one hand, there is not much that see, only an altarpiece that is dark and quiet if you want to see something, you know, take little money! In the end, who wins always? Tourists do not.
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  • The altarpiece and the sculpture of the Virgin in granite amply justify the visit. But in addition, the historical events which took place there do make a visit an almost obligatory stop in Trujillo. We went with a guided tour of turismotrujillo.es and explanation of the Guide, Ana, made us value it much better.
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  • Small church in the historical centrum of Trujillo, charges a small fee (about 2 euros) for entrance. The inside is simple and made of rock, displaying an old architecture style. Once in, you get access to the church's and go up the (many) steps to get a nice view of the whole city.
  • Great church in good condition. The entrance is only 2€, plus 1€ if you want an audio guide. It absolutely worth the visit. You can visit the church with its beautiful retable, as well as visit to the top of the two towers. They are the highest view points of the Trujillo and offer views to the castle, town and surrounding grasslands. The upstairs of the tower with no bells on top are very narrow and steep. The tower with the bells has wider upstairs and more intermediate floors to take a rest in the ascension.
  • Beautiful with amazing views. Totally worth the 2€ for the ticket. Gorgeous little town.
  • . This church, sited in the upper part of the town, quite near the castle, is NOT the church down in the main square, Plaza Mayor, although judging by other reviews and photos, some people believe that it is! Santa Maria la Mayor is built, it is believed, on the foundations of a former Muslim Mosque. Remember that this part of Spain was under Muslim rule for seven centuries - that's three times as long as the Romans were in Britain. Its life as a Catholic church dates from 1233, after the reconquest of the town, when it was converted into a Christian building and extensively enlarged. The building continued over many centuries, giving a mixture of styles: romanesque, gothic, plateresque. I say many centuries as various maintenance works continued until very recently. In 1972 there was reconstruction being carried out on one of the two towers of the church, and the stonemason, who was a fan of the Bilbao Athletic football club, carved at the top of one of the pillars of this tower - the shield of the club! When this became obvious, there were mixed feelings in the town, especially as the work had been paid for by some Ministry in Madrid. But luckily the inspector sent by the Ministry was an Athletic fan, and gave permission for the shield to remain. The outside of the building is somewhat austere, although the two towers are very attractive. Inside, however, the main altar is stunning, well worth venturing inside to see it. Once you have climbed up through the cobbled streets to get here, don't miss it. .
  • It Was an Arab mosque but when Trujillo was conquered, the Christians built a temple on its ancient plot, as was the custom. At the end of the last century, to prevent cholera and plague the public buildings were whitewashed with lime and sulphur, among them, this church and some forty years ago it removed the lime, so the stone appears as clean as freshly worked. Note that in the altarpiece of the main altar there is a table where the Virgin Mary is represented breastfeeding the breast of her mother, Santa Ana.
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